‘The Owl House by Helen Martins and Koos Malgas in Nieu-Bethesda,’

Fantastical concrete scultures in the Camel Yard of the Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda, a small farming town in the southwest of the Eastern Cape. Created by artist Helen Martins in the 1950s, and from the 1960s in collaboration with Koos Malgas, the Owl House is a masterwork of visionary outsider art. The life of Helen Martins inspired “The Road to Mecca” by celebrated South African playwright Athol Fugard. Tourists drawn to Nieu-Bethesda to see the Owl House have revived the fortunes of the town. (South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0)